Thank you all for the continued support! Ultimately, this serves as an avenue that only God seen possible in His life, I am simply following the ways of Him. As I begin into the Word, I want to encourage you to change your life for Him. God has given us an infinite number of blessings, so let’s give back to our faithful Father and show the world He is all He is cracked up to be! What an amazing God we serve, He will meet you wherever you are in your life.
If you have your Bible, please turn to Luke 19:1-10! If not, no worries, I will be posting the verses going forward. I want you to ponder on the title, Jesus wants to meet you where you are. What does that mean?
19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
The photo is a nice illustration to what it probably looked like as Jesus approached this crooked tax collector. So Jesus enters the land of Jericho, and there happens to be this extremely wealthy man there named Zacchaeus! Zacchaeus was not just an ordinary man though, he was the head tax collector. Truthfully, I look at Zacchaeus as a drug lord or mob boss, because I can only imagine how much money this guy was ripping off through taxes. This is more evident as Jesus gets Matthew as a disciple and notable tax collectors are used in the Scriptures. Zacchaeus actually wanted to check out this Jesus guy, but due to his height…he had to be perched up in a tree. Once Jesus was walking along and had gotten to the tree, he makes a point to Zacchaeus saying today is the day I’ll be a guest in your home. Jesus is literally befriending this drug lord, mob boss, crooked tax collector….whaaaaaaaaatttt? Okay, I’m confused, Jesus was hanging with ‘that’ guy? The previous sentence is a nice representation of how the people in Jericho were feeling.
They were angry about Jesus picking Zacchaeus to befriend and not themselves, obviously their motives are pretty jacked up here. But Zacchaeus, well he welcomed Jesus with no issues, actually gladly the Word says! Again, all of the people are talking amongst themselves and under their breath, “he is going to be the guest of a sinner”, the people obviously do not understand the Will of God! Although, to their credit, they did not have the New Testament or a documentation of Jesus’ life to live by, like we do today! This encounter between Jesus and Zacchaeus must have been a powerful one. Zacchaeus felt so convicted in his crooked activity that he says he will give half of his possessions to the lost and pay the people he ripped off back…back not just what he ripped them off by, but FOUR times that amount. That’s pretty incredible in my estimation to think about, not just paying back what you ripped them off by, not twice as much, or three times as much, but four times that amount. It’s amazing what one day with Jesus can do to ones life! Jesus finishes by telling Zacchaeus, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” So in closing, the Son of Man, Jesus, has come to befriend sinners, because if He doesn’t then He will never be able to seek and save the lost!
So friends, I don’t care where you are in life; but understand that Jesus will come meet you where you are. Jesus has come to seek and save the lost, those whom are far from God’s Kingdom. Let us follow the ways of Jesus and not of society. Let us take in sinners, and show them a reflection of Jesus’ radiance, so that He, Jesus, can save them and give them eternal life! So understand this, if you don’t understand anything else, Jesus doesn’t care about your past. Jesus will forgive you for everything that you’ve ever done, He is just delighted to meet you where you are. Jesus wants to pour grace and mercy into your heart. Jesus simply wants you, personally. Take a moment to let that sink in. Simply put, Jesus loves you!
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